ADS701 - Introduction to International and Community Development


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ADH700
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities equivalent to 1 x 1-hour per week.



Students are recommended to complete this unit in their first year of study


This unit is a foundational unit in International and Community Development. It provides an in-depth introduction to concepts and practices of human development. It introduces students to key debates in development thinking, addressing social inequality, poverty, and exclusion, as a basis for understanding local, national and global efforts to promote justice, reduce poverty, and build environments for people to lead productive, creative and fulfilling lives. 

This unit critically evaluates human development from a variety of perspectives, including international development as a global project, trans-formative or development alternatives, and community development.  Utilising a series of rich case studies this unit engages students in the current and emerging debates, about individual, community, organisational and institutional policy and practice in striving for human development outcomes.  

Students will gain an appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of development studies, the linkages and disconnects between development approaches, and the complex nature of working across human visions of modernity, and traditional cultures in an increasingly globalised world.

Unit Fee Information

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